22 days in Sydney & New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in Sydney & New Zealand Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 3 nights
4
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
— 2 nights
5
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
6
Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, wander the streets of The Rocks, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sydney road trip website.

Glasgow, UK to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Glasgow in September; daily highs in Sydney reach 25°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 3rd (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown journey builder website.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Queenstown takes 6 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Rosco's Milford Kayaks about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along Lake Gunn, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror Lakes Walk, and take an unforgettable tour with Southern Lakes Helicopters.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Te Anau road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Rosco's Milford Kayaks
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Southern Lakes Helicopters ©
Southern Lakes Helicopters
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Rosco's Milford Kayaks ©
Rosco's Milford Kayaks

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
On the 7th (Thu), trek along Kea Point Track, then fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman, then stroll through Glencoe Walk, and finally head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Minnehaha Walk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then push the limits with Skydive Fox Glacier.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:
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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©
Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then look for all kinds of wild species at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, make a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, then don't miss a visit to Te Puia, then identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Rotorua takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 11th (Mon), find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. On the next day, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, then stop by Huka Honey Hive, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo journey planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

1
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): hike along Mounds Walk, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, then see the top attractions with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and finally get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip maker.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
On the 15th (Fri), learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland online travel route planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:
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Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

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